January 14, 2012
By Jacob Combs
AFER’s production of Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” the play based on the transcripts of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, was a huge success when it was performed in New York last September. Fittingly, a second celebrity-filled production will play in California at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Ebell Theater on March 3, and that show now has its first confirmed casting, with George Clooney portraying the role of lawyer David Boies.
Clooney’s participation in the project was first reported back in December, but the specific part he would be playing was not announced. Clooney has big shoes to fill–Boies was portrayed in New York by Morgan Freeman, and is quite the orator himself, as any of us who watched his powerful arguments during the December 8 Perry arguments at the Ninth Circuit know.
When it was first reported that Clooney would be taking part in the production, he said this to The Hollywood Reporter:
“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”
And no, lest you were hoping for it, Clooney will not be running for president anytime soon.
Update (Adam): Also just announced, Matt Boner and Matthews Morrison will play the role of two of the plaintiffs, Joe Katami and Jeff Zarillo.